Orientation is a great way to welcome and introduce you to the wealth of opportunities that Western Express has to offer. It also ensures everyone's safety as well as confirms that we all have everything we need to put our best wheels forward.

Our orientation process is designed to be quick and efficient, with most drivers finishing in just 2 days. (Flatbed drivers go on to complete an additional 3 days of paid load securement training.)

During orientation, you will learn about our safety and operational procedures, take a road test and complete all necessary paperwork. You will also meet someone from every department, including Safety, Operations, Fuel Compliance, Driver Payroll and more.

You'll find it's a great way to get acquainted with people who'll be helping you while you're on the road, as well as gain a deeper appreciation of our unique, family-like environment here at Western.

Orientation is held weekly at the following terminals:



Nashville, TN (WENA)

7135 Centennial Place

Nashville, TN 37209

Sunday-Thursday


Bethlehem, PA (WEBEPA)

2925 Schoenersville Rd.

Bethlehem, Pa. 18017

Monday, Wednesday


Bloomington, CA (WEFO)

18244 Valley Blvd.

Bloomington, CA 02316

Monday, Wednesday


Richmond, VA (WERIVA)

5600 Midlothian Turnpike

Richmond, VA 23225

Monday, Wednesday


Plainfield, CT (WEPLCT)

1293 Norwich Road

Plainfield, CT 06374

Monday, Wednesday

Transportation, Lodging & Meals


Transportation

By default, we provide orientation transportation via bus line. (Some drivers may qualify for a flight instead.) You also have the option to be reimbursed for travel expenses if you choose to arrange your own transportation. Reimbursements require original receipts and are capped at the price of the bus fare.


Lodging

Double-occupancy lodging is provided at no cost. Single-occupancy rooms are optional, subject to availability, and require pre-payment equal to half of the room cost. (Ask your recruiter for details!)


Meals

Breakfast and lunch are provided at all 5 terminals. Dinner is also provided at the Nashville terminal.

Before You Arrive:

  • Fill out the online application: If you haven't already, click here to apply. If you have already applied, check with your recruiter to make sure it is complete and up-to-date.
  • Send in any required paperwork: To make the hiring process as smooth as possible, please be sure to have all necessary documentation turned in as requested by your recruiter BEFORE you arrive. This can include certificates, transcripts, DOT Physical paperwork, accident reports, travel permits, receipts, personal statements, etc.
  • Background Check Authorization: We strive to have all background checks completed prior to orientation. To do that, we MUST have completed verification release forms authorizing us to perform pre-employment inquires. These forms are included in our online application except for Clearinghouse consent, which will need to be provided separately. (Work with your recruiter on this!) The sooner we get this information, the sooner we can complete our pre-employment screening and get you taken care of.
  • Student transcripts: If you are a recent trucking school graduate, please fax or email your completion certificate and transcript prior to arrival. If you are unable to do so, please bring these documents with you and present them upon arrival to Day 1 orientation.

  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card, Birth Certificate or valid U.S. Passport
  • Work Authorization / Permanent Resident Card (if applicable)
  • DOT Medical Card and DOT Physical Long Form
  • A Voided Check or Direct Deposit Form from your bank
  • Social Security numbers and birth dates for any dependents to be covered by health benefits
  • Work boots and/or tennis shoes (sandals/flip-flops are not permitted on the yard)
  • Flatbed drivers: Work boots (preferably steel-toe) are required, as well as long sleeves and full-length pants/jeans
  • Recent grads: Truck driving school certificate & transcripts; Tuition/proof of payment documents for tuition reimbursement (if eligible)
  • Sleeping bag/bedding for truck
  • Funds to cover personal expenses out on the road until your first paycheck arrives

Scheduling

Your recruiter will get you scheduled and set up your personal arrangements. You will receive your travel information via email, including dates, times, addresses and phone numbers. If you have additional questions or need to reschedule orientation, please let your recruiter know BEFORE you are due to depart! Failure to do so may result in disqualification.


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